Tag Archives: Peter Principle

The Route of our Discontent

“There is a considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists” – US National Park scientist, when asked why it was so extremely difficult to design bear-proof rubbish bins. The Question In the last post … Continue reading

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Success or Failure?

Why do some people succeed and others don’t? … That question has plagued people for eons. And plagued for me over the last 55 years. Too often the explanation has been an Either/Or one: some people work harder, others don’t. … Continue reading

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The Myth of Meritocracy?

“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.” – Anonymous One subtle thread that was present in the last post, It’s not just the 1%. The upper middle class is oppressing everyone else, … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Performance Reviews (& Behavior Feedback)

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” ― John Wooden This is a great nugget from a great leader, manager, and coach, primarily because it hits home at all levels of human activity. Not just leadership, but any human behavior or endeavor. … Continue reading

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If History is Useful for Anything – 2: Organizations

I lost a month. It was around here just a minute ago; at least it seemed like a minute ago. I set it down on my desk and suddenly it was buried under a pile of Life. Apparently, this is … Continue reading

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Spilled M&Ms© 6 – Character: “Trust, but Verify”

I’ve been working on this post for a long time, but, unfortunately, it still fits better into a ‘longform’ post rather than being split into smaller pieces.  Please read on, but with patience. Our human nature of Selective as well … Continue reading

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Games Politicians Play

Just finished a great and timely article Making Sense of the Games Politicians Play (Businessweek, August 30, 2012).  It couldn’t be more appropriate now, not only with respect to the elections, but in helping confirm what I posted earlier and … Continue reading

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